The goal of this initiative is to place at least one Disability Resource Coordinators (DRCs) in all 33 Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDAs) across New York State. This page contains a collection of resources for DRCs. When reviewed and discussed collaboratively with partners and stakeholder groups, these resources and the knowledge contained within them will assist DRCs in their efforts to promote systems change in their area and improve the collective employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities across NYS.
Please note that this page will be updated periodically as new resources are found and old ones are taken down.
Policy and State-Level Documents
DRC Basic Resources
The Integrated Resource Team (IRT) Intervention: Watch this introductory video to learn about Integrated Resource Teams. The IRT was initially identified as a promising practice under the U.S. Department of Labor's Disability Program Navigator initiative (DPN) and ultimately formalized under the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) as a required strategic approach. Review the Integrated Resource Team (IRT) Information and Resources to learn about a customer centered approach used within American Job Centers (AJCs) that involves diversified service systems coordinating services and leveraging funding to meet the needs of an individual job seeker with a disability.
NYS Your Dream, Your Team Website: Your Dream, Your Team is a product resulting from the New York State Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). The website offers a variety of resources to support forming quality Integrated Resource Teams. Your Dream, Your Team is designed to be used as a career exploration tool and to promote the use of Integrated Resource Teams.
WorkforceGPS: WorkforceGPS is an interactive website which offers webinars and other training resources, promising workforce development practices, and relevant evidence-based research. Workforce GPS is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA).
WorkforceGPS Innovation and Opportunity Network (ION): WorkforceGPS ION is a national, regional, state and local alliance that provides technical assistance, information sharing, and training to successfully implement the vision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
WorkforceGPS Front Line Resources for DRCs: Developed under multiple rounds of Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) projects and hosted on their Disability and Employment Page, the WorkforceGPS Front Line Resources for DRCs page provides technical assistance resources that will bootstrap the work of a Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC). Resources include a DRC orientation series and several links to WorkforceGPS technical assistance tools to support inclusive career pathways and apprenticeship.
Disability and Employment eLearning Modules: The Disability and Employment eLearning Task Force in collaboration with the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) released three eLearning Training Modules to help support the professional development needs of the workforce development staff across the country. The theme of the three modules is “A Day in the Life of an American Job Center” and the module topics include “Serving Individuals with Disabilities,” “Working Across Partners,” and “Providing Inclusive Career Services.” There is also a managers toolkit included as well.
DEI Best Practices Series: This WorkforceGPS resource page contains mini-brief summaries of disability and employment best practices implemented under eight rounds of DEI funding. Overall, it has been found that the implementation of DEI strategies has resulted in an increase in the enrollment of individuals with disabilities at American Job Centers.
American Job Center – Disability Job Driven Resources: This WorkforceGPS resource page contains archived webcasts and resources on topics such as creating a welcoming environment for people with disabilities, online tools to support the strategic vision of WIOA, using data effectively for planning, identifying innovative income streams to support American Job Centers (AJCs) and other topics.
Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity – A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide: Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) contains the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of WIOA and addresses requirements including physical and programmatic accessibility and provision of reasonable accommodations. The Section 188 Disability Reference Guide is a promising practice guide that directly aligns with the requirements of Section 188 and provides best practices to move beyond compliance and into full inclusion for people with disabilities in workforce programs.
Minnesota Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Project: Minnesota was awarded a DEI Grant in 2016. Resources developed as a result of the project included the Minnesota Disability Resource Coordinator Level I Training. Much of the training that has been, and will be, developed under New York Systems Change and Inclusive Opportunities Network (NY SCION) is built on the foundation of the work done by the Minnesota DEI project, funded by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).
The Ticket to Work Program
Employment Network Tools and Resources: An Employment Network (EN) is an entity that enters into an agreement with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to either provide or coordinate the delivery of services to Social Security disability beneficiaries. This WorkforceGPS resource page The following technical assistance resources can support workforce entities in learning more about the EN process.
Creating Inclusive Career Pathways
Career Services for Persons with Disabilities
Visit our Career Services page for more information on how our Career Center system serves individuals with disabilities.
If you have any questions about NY SCION or other services to Individuals with Disabilities, please send an email to the NYS Department of Labor’s Special Populations Team: [email protected].